The for-profit corrections corporations' loss is society's gain

"It makes no sense to expel talented young persons who are, for all intents and purposes, Americans."
  And with that message, President Barack Obama announced a policy that gives legal status to nearly a million young immigrants who meet the DREAM Act requirements, and, for the moment, stops their deportation and grants work authorization.

Grassroots Leadership applauds President Obama's decision to halt the deportation of undocumented immigrant youth. 

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"This is the first step towards debating  and undertaking a comprehensive reform of our immigration system" according to Grassroots Leadership’s Donna Red Wing, "to create one based on humanity, fairness and recognition of the important economic and social role played by immigrants in our society."

Because Grassroots Leadership works to abolish private prisons and for-profit immigrant detention centers, we understand the hardships these young people have endured: arrest, imprisonment and detention to countries they do not know. We hope that this presidential order will reduce the number of detainees to an extent that cuts into the profits of the multi-billion dollar incarceration industry and makes it less lucrative to deal in the commerce of human beings.

Diverting resources from immigration enforcement also saves money. "A less draconian immigration system means that money that would have gone into enforcement can now go towards other programs," says Red Wing.  "The for-profit corrections corporations' loss is society's gain."

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